We all tell stories about ourselves. Sometimes, the telling is to others. But always it is to ourselves. The question is: how conscious of these stories are we truly being?
Over the last several years, I've dug deeply into my own story, to find the truth buried deep within. Some of it has been quite beautiful, and some, well, quite ugly. But all of it is mine, and in the claiming of this story, I become more human. I travel what Joseph Campbell refers to as "the hero's journey."
Today, I read a wonderfully courageous post by , where he takes the work he has been doing around "narratives" - and applies it to himself.
He starts off the piece by outlining the core elements of a personal narrative:
So, what’s a personal narrative? Like all narratives, it ultimately answers three questions:
* Why am I here?
* What can I accomplish?
* What can you do to help me accomplish that?
From there, he dives into a very brave telling of his own personal narrative, with a very personal account of his life and who he is.
Maybe one day, I will be ready to go there. In the mean time, read his:
Personal Narratives: Insight and Impact:
And yeah, I don't think it's one thread either, but I do think that when look poetically enough (for lack of a better term), we're better able to see the connections between the various threads as well.